Grand Haven

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  1. Phasma

    Phasma Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    199
    Sep 17, 2016
    West Michigan
    2003 360 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 8.1s Horizon
    Ahhhhh.....Coast Guard fest is over. It looks like it will be a beautiful weekend. Wayyyyyy less boat traffic. Looking forward to getting things back to normal.
     
  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Ahhh....yes. CG Fest sure is good for some people watching though.
     
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    WHAAAAAT, NO PICTURES? Wassup widat?
     
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  4. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Here are three pix of some of the fleet coming into our harbor.
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  5. MrHappy

    MrHappy Member

    126
    Mar 31, 2011
    Indiana
    1991 Sea Ray 225BR
    5.7L
    Every year we camp at Muskegon State Park. I usually take the boat down from Muskegon to Grand Haven on the Friday before the start of the Festival. This year Michigan was too rough for my boat on Friday.

    We went on Saturday. Could not believe my luck. We pulled up to the pier around 3:00 just in time for someone to leave.



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    This is not even the full crew. Back at the camp there are 3 terrariums with a Bearded Dragon, Gecko and an Albino Boa Constrictor. The kids insisted we bring them.
     
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  6. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Nice shots all. Thanks for sharing the pics with us.
     
  7. J.Wilt

    J.Wilt Member SILVER Sponsor

    703
    Jan 29, 2010
    W. Mich. / Lake Michigan
    420 Sundancer 2005
    Cumming 6cta V Drives
    Highfield 310 , 15hp Mercury
    83F894D8-BABB-473A-8CF7-215BF8B8F55E.jpeg 82ED7259-A2A0-43DF-9D4F-ABB4D9037899.jpeg Here is a couple pictures of the Escanaba leaving, they had to back all the way out of the chanel, even the Coast Guard can have a bad day. With assistance of a tug they came within feet of hitting the North breakwall, sorry about the quality of pictures, I was riding in my dinghy and fighting the big surg and 17 knot winds. Can’t see very well from the picture but they were dropping bumpers down the side of the ship in case they hit the wall.
    Winds were crazy that day, two people drowned at the beach with several others rescued.
    Sad end to the festival.
     
  8. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Interesting about the ship having to back out of the channel. Was the wind too strong to try to spin it around?

    Any time people drown it's a sad day. To have it happen at a festival just seems to make it worse.
     
  9. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Winds were from the south gusting to 25 with waves building to 3-5 feet. One of the things I noticed about the Escanaba is how tall and narrow it is compared to other ships that call on our port. It clearly needed a big tug for docking whereas the others did not use tugs. The pic shows the tug on the south side of the cutter. Suggests the captain did not want to be in the lee of the cutter going out. I'm certainly no expert but I would think the tug would have more control pushing from the north side going out. Maybe the captain was worried about being crushed?
    As far as backing out, that is common in Grand Haven. The turning basin is about a mile upstream and few ships use it. You need to battle the wind up there as well so it is easier to back out.
     
  10. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Interesting placement of the tug given the winds from the south. Like you, I'd have thought the tug would want to push the ship upwind to keep it off the rocks.
     
  11. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Maybe someone with Navy or CG real world experience will chime in.
     
  12. J.Wilt

    J.Wilt Member SILVER Sponsor

    703
    Jan 29, 2010
    W. Mich. / Lake Michigan
    420 Sundancer 2005
    Cumming 6cta V Drives
    Highfield 310 , 15hp Mercury
    In the first picture the tug did a 180 and was trying to turn the bow and push it back up the channel and get the stern away from the breakwall. The small coast guard boat that was keeping us away, the crew said they were very concerned about the deepth of the channel. Turning a 270’ ship not easy in those winds.
     
  13. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Seems to suggest pushing from the north could have prevented a sticky situation.
     
  14. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    My thoughts exactly.
     
  15. Phasma

    Phasma Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    199
    Sep 17, 2016
    West Michigan
    2003 360 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 8.1s Horizon
    Not sure what a cutter drafts but that channel is 29’ deep minimum
     
  16. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    14' 6" for the Escanaba.
     
  17. lhrogg

    lhrogg New Member

    9
    Oct 8, 2018
    1997 SeaRay Sundancer 270
    454 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    My wife's family lives in GH - it's a bit of a circus, but CG is their superbowl and a lot of fun. Only criticism is to stay away from Carnival late at night - a big fight broke out Saturday night and they shut it down.

    The cutters were fun to tour, as well as the Canadian boat.
     
  18. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Living here, we tend to avoid the area altogether during festivals and look forward to things quieting down at the end of the tourist season. There are always a few out of towners who seem to spoil things for the vast majority of people who visit. As you point out, late at night tends to be the worst time to be out and about.
     
  19. KnotEasy

    KnotEasy Member

    250
    May 14, 2013
    Whitehall, Mi.
    205 Sport
    5.0L MPI
    Always thought this was a cool picture of the Escanaba.
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  20. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Yes. Very cool indeed. I was struck by how tall the boat is compared to its beam when following it from behind. Looked a little tippy to my eye. This pic shows lots of deadrise, so maybe not too bad in heavy seas.
     

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